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And they call it puppy love for abandoned kitten and pup
The age old saying ‘fighting like dogs and cats’ has been dispelled by a pair of unlikely friends at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Old Windsor.
- 11 October 2012
At just weeks old, Buttons the dog and Kitty the cat were both abandoned from a very young age and are now being hand-reared together. So close is their bond that they sleep together, play together and even feed together.
We’ve had such an overwhelming response to the adorable story of Buttons and Kitty and due to the huge number of rehoming applications for this sweet pair we will no longer be responding to enquiries about them.
If you are interested in rehoming another Battersea puppy or kitten we will be happy to register you with Battersea so that we can contact you with any other young dogs or cats in need of a home. Please note that rehoming is subject to the suitability of an applicant.
Kitty and Buttons are a unique pair and normally Battersea doesn't rehome a kitten and puppy together. To find out more about rehoming a Battersea animal you can call our team on 0843 509 4444.
Both Buttons and Kitty animals have found themselves without a mum from a very young age, but are finding comfort in each other under the watchful eye of their foster mum, Battersea Veterinary Nurse Sascha Taylor.
She says: “Normally we’d hand rear puppies and kittens separately but we thought we could try putting them together as they are both so young. Luckily it’s paid off as they adore being with each other and do everything together – it’s really very sweet. Hand-rearing them is hard work – I have to feed them every two hours, even throughout the night – but it’s totally worth it. We’re not sure if they’ll be rehomed together, though it would be great if they did!”
Buttons is a four week old Jack Russell Terrier whose mum and dad came in to the Home after their owners could no longer care for them. Button’s mum Poppy arrived heavily pregnant and gave birth to a litter of eight puppies. Sadly Buttons was the runt of the litter and was struggling to feed on her mother’s milk, so staff at the Home decided to hand-rear her.
Shortly after staff started hand-rearing Buttons, a week old kitten arrived at the centre after she was left behind by her mother. A kind passer-by found the defenceless and vulnerable kitten and took her to Battersea where she was given the name Kitty, who is now four weeks old.
Battersea receives many pregnant dogs and cats and often the puppies and kittens have to be hand-reared by the charity’s veterinary team, like Bourbon, a Jack Russell cross Chihuahua was dumped at Battersea’s gates. After having her puppies by emergency C-section, three of Bourbon’s puppies had to be cared for around the clock by Battersea’s Head Nurse. Viewers of ITV1’s series Paul O’Grady. For the Love of Dogs will be familiar with Bourbon’s story, which concludes in episode six this Monday.